Polar and Marine Sciences (POMOR)
Qualification: Master of Science
Faculty: Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences
Remarks: The program commences in St. Petersburg (Russia). Students then continue their studies in Hamburg (or alternatively in Bremen, Kiel, or Potsdam).
Duration: 4 semesters
Teaching language: English
Program start: winter semester, Important semester dates
Application period: s. below
Admission restrictions: yes
Tuition Fees: 10 tuition free places for Russian citizens, 10 places for Non-Russian citizens, further information.
The Master Program for Polar and Marine Sciences (POMOR) is a research-oriented interdisciplinary two-year master’s program taught in English. Students study for the first two semesters at St. Petersburg State University in the Faculty of Geography and Geoecology and the Otto Schmidt Laboratory for Polar and Marine Research at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (ARRI) . During the vacation period between the second and third semesters, students take part in international expeditions to the Arctic as part of their practical training. Students who obtain top scores receive a scholarship to spend the third semester at Universität Hamburg or one of the program’s partner universities in Bremen, Kiel, or Potsdam.
Students in Hamburg participate in the Master of Science in Integrated Climate System Sciences (MSc. ICSS). During the final semester, students concentrate on their master’s thesis under the supervision of both a Russian and a German academic. Successful students are awarded a master’s degree from St. Petersburg State University and a Master of Science from Universität Hamburg.
Graduates can choose from a variety of different careers, ranging from research to maritime technology, environmental protection, energy production and policy, and tourism. Further areas include media (scientific journalism) and the environment (environmental lobby groups and NGOs, consulting for environmental organizations, environmental impact assessment, ecotourism etc.). Graduates can also go into the private sector, for example, working for companies utilizing marine resources.
Modules of study include:
- Ocean basins, sediments and climate change
- High seas and coastal waters oceanography
- Polar and marine ecosystem: Structure, functioning and vulnerability
- Natural resources
- Processes in the coastal zone and environmental management
- Periglacial environment
Students spend the first two semesters in St. Petersburg and the third semester in Hamburg, Bremen, Kiel, or Potsdam.
Additional information on degree program
Departmental regulations / Degree program regulations
Information on studying at Universität Hamburg
Applicants to the program must fulfill the following requirements:
- Bachelor’s or an equivalent degree, preferably in the natural sciences.
- They must submit an extended application (a so-called PORTFOLIO), including proof of their English proficiency.
- English language requirements: Applicants should be fluent in English to at least the level of upper intermediate. An international certificate in English (FCE, CAE, CPE, IELTS, and TOEFL) would be advantageous.
Applying / Application procedure
Application is possible every two years.
General academic advising
Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Pfeiffer
Department of Geosciences
Institute of Soil Science
04. Dez. 2020